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Mental Illness Books

An Angel at My Table; To the Is-Land; The Envoy from Mirror City - Janet Frame -- 3 Volume autobiography by a New Zealand writer who spent years in a mental institution.

The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry - Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., Harpercollins, 1985 -- Scientific theories on biochemistry, brain function and biophysics of neurotransmission. Language is semi-technical but meant for the layperson.

Cultures of Healing : Correcting the Image of American Mental Health Care - Robert T. Fancher , W H Freeman & Co, February, 1997 -- a general history of mental health care in America, then evaluates four major schools of therapy--psychoanalysis, behaviorism, cognitive therapy, and biological psychiatry. Fancher, a psychotherapist with a background in philosophy, contends that the teachings of the mental health professions are not facts about nature, but rather social and moral recommendations; he offers an assessment of how best to view mental health care and use it wisely. (Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, OR)

Cultures of Healing : Correcting the Image of American Mental Health Care - Robert T. Fancher , W H Freeman & Co, February, 1997 -- A fascinating and practical overview of American psychotherapy, Robert Fancher's Cultures of Healing will forever change the way you think about mental health care. A practicing psychotherapist, Fancher argues that most of what psychotherapists believe and teach patients lacks the scientific base it claims. In Cultures of Healing, Fancher reevaluates each therapy according to social and cultural criteria, offers advice about how to choose your own therapist, and concludes with an assessment of how best to view mental health care and use it wisely and effectively.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association - Version IV; , American Psychiatric Association, 1994 -- 4th Edition - Often called "the psychiatrist's bible," it lists all mental illnesses and diagnostic criteria and assigns a coding system. Fascinating reading.

Dual Diagnosis of Major Mental Illness and Substance Disorder - Editors: Kenneth Minkoff and Robert E. Drake, Jossey Boss, 1991 -- Designed for professionals, but easily readable.

Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness before 1914 - Lynn Gamwell and Nancy Tomes, Cornell University Press, 1995 -- Case histories, illustrations, and sociology of the mental institutions and mentally ill in the 19th and early 20th Century.

Media Madness: Public Images of Mental Illness - Otto F. Wahl, Rutgers University Press, 1995 -- A study of how mental illness is portrayed in the media.

Medicine and Mental Illness; the Use of Drugs in Psychiatry - Marvin E. Lickey and Barbara Gordon, W.H. Freeman & Co., NY, 1991 -- Provides an overview of drug therapies for varying forms of mental illness.

Nothing to Be Ashamed Of: Growing Up with Mental Illness in Your Family - Sherry H. Dinner, Lathrop, Lee & Shepard, 1989 -- Written for 10-15 year olds; gives information and reassurance.

The Pill Book - Howard M. Silverman (Editor), Bantam Books, NY; 1996 (7th Edition) -- For more than 15 years, millions of consumers have trusted The Pill Book to provide official, FDA-approved drug information plus guidelines from leading pharmacists. Its readable, everyday language and easy-to-use format make it the perfect reference when you have questions about the medications your doctor prescribes. It is NOT written by the drug companies, and therefore contains additional, important information not included in the PDR.

Receptors - Richard M. Restak , Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub, 1995 -- Neuropyschiatrist Richard Restak leads us on an exhilarating and disquieting scientific adventure into the bold new frontier of the mysteries of the human brain. He explores the possibilities of relieving and curing conditions and diseases of the brain, and documents the likelihood that one day it will be possible to choose your own personality.

Surviving Mental Illness - Agnes Hatfield and Harriet Lefley, Guilford Press, 1993 -- Subjective experiences of people with various diagnosis, such as manic depression, depression, and schizophrenia.

They Say You're Crazy : How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal - Paula J. Caplan , Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1996 -- Shedding light on the shocking process by which the mental-health elite judge us all, psychologist Paula Caplan debunks and demystifies the intentionally intimidating psychobabble and pronouncements of the American Psychiatric Association. "Gives us a fighting chance to avoid becoming victims of the mental health establishment."--Cleveland Plain Dealer.

They Say You're Crazy : How the World's Most Powerful Psychiatrists Decide Who's Normal - Paula J. Caplan , Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1995 -- In this shocking expose of the process by which the mental-health elite judge us all, Caplan demonstrates that much of what is labeled "mental illness" would be more appropriately called "problems in living." She also points out the flaws in using the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental-Health Disorders) to decide who is truly mentally ill.

Modified November 18, 2005

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